Year 1 2019 - 2020
‘Explorers’! Much of our curriculum work will be taught creatively through this topic with a large focus on History and Geography. The children will be writing a story based on the structure of Simon Bartram’s ‘Man on the Moon’ as well as researching all about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong in preparation to write a non-chronological report. Our topic for the following half term, as Spring approaches, will be ‘Growth and Green Fingers’.
This term, we will continue following the White Rose scheme, focusing our learning on addition and subtraction within 20, Place value within 50, and measurement – Length, height, weight and volume.
The children will continue reading regularly in school. Your child has been given an allocated reading day where they will read 1:1 with a member of the Year 1 team and choose new books for the week. In order for your child’s book to be changed, the diary must be signed, showing that they have read at home as part of their on-going homework. Please remember to check your child’s knowledge and understanding of the book by asking questions. Your child may benefit from a shared read first before reading independently. It is still imperative that books and book bags are brought in daily.
Phonics will continue to take place every day in Year 1 in preparation for the Phonics Screening test later in the year. Also, it’s great to see so many children keen to learn their tricky words and Common Exception Words, so thank you for your continued support in this area!
At present, our main homework is still the ‘Creative Homework’, where your child can choose 2 or 3 activities that they would like to complete. In addition to this, please note that reading daily, learning number bonds (card from Meet the Teacher), Learning tricky words (updated card sent home on Parents’ Evening) and Year 1 common Exception Words (updated spellings to learn sent home on Parents’ Evening) are weekly homework tasks that your child must also be completing. If you require new copies, don’t hesitate to ask!
PE will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The children will be taking part in a health and well-being fitness class on a Tuesday and on Wednesdays they will be enhancing their striking and fielding skills! After half term, our new focus will be dance. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school, labelled with their name.
In RE, the children will be learning about why Jesus is special, the miracles he performed and the call of the 12 Disciples. The children will also be learning about springtime, new life and the Easter Story.
Spanish will be taught on Monday mornings this term. The children will really enjoy the engaging activities that Mrs Culshaw uses to teach this modern foreign language.
What a brilliant start to the year we’ve had so far! The children have settled in really well and are becoming familiar with their new routines. Mrs Loynton, Mrs Watt and Mrs Durham will be our Teaching Assistants this year and will be supporting your child with their learning. We are also very lucky to be welcoming Miss Newson to our team who is currently training to become a Teacher.
Our first topic this half term is ‘Robots’. We will be looking at fantasy stories, recounts and the human body. In the second half term, our topic is ‘Family Album’ where the children will be exploring the differences between the past and present. In RE, we will be learning all about the importance of Harvest and the key gospel teachings of Jesus.
The children will read regularly in school as part of our English lessons, discrete Guided Reading lessons and on their set book change day. The children are also encouraged to read during our register time, thus it is imperative that books and book bags are brought in daily. Additionally, reading must be ongoing at home. Please use this opportunity to test your child’s understanding of the text by asking questions about the characters, setting or events. For non-fiction books, please help your child to find information using the contents page, index and glossary. Additionally, phonics will take place every day in Year 1. Year 1 is the year for the Phonics Screening assessment which takes place nationally. I will be holding an information event in the New Year.
In maths, we will be following the White Rose scheme of learning. The children will be undertaking tasks set with varied fluency in order to ensure breadth and depth of learning. The children will also be solving problems and developing their reasoning skills.
Regarding homework, we are continuing with the Creative Homework, however, I would also like your child to read daily at home and continue to learn their tricky words, common exception words and number bonds which I have included in your information pack.
PE will be on Wednesdays and Friday so please make sure that your child has the correct kit in school.
During the first half term the children’s topic will be ‘Penguins, Possums and Pigs’. Much of our curriculum learning will be focused on different kinds of animals and the climates which they call their habitats. We will begin by exploring the hot and cold places of the world before investigating the kinds of animals that we might find there. Our focus story is Zog. The children will be putting their own twist on the story, by inventing new characters and scenarios. We will also be writing a non-chronological text on a focus animal of the children’s choice which they will be researching using a variety of secondary sources. In RE, the children will be learning all about how people of faith welcome new babies and we will be visiting All Saints church to learn all about Christian Baptism.
In the second half term, the children’s learning will be focused on ‘The Great Outdoors’. Our focus stories will be Percy the Park Keeper and – weather permitting – the children will have hands on, active learning experiences outside where we will be building dens and investigating the best man-made and natural materials to use for different purposes. In RE, the children will be learning about the actions of the people in the Old Testament and the nature and characteristics of God.
Spring Term 2019
Happy New Year to you all! I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas break. It is so good to see that all of the children have settled back into routine and are keen to learn. Thank you for your continued support throughout all aspects of school life!
THIS TERM’S TOPIC IS …..‘Explorers’! Much of our curriculum work will be taught creatively through this topic with a large focus on History and Geography.
In Maths this term, we will be learning all about Money, Number and Place Value within Money, Time, Multiplication, Division and Measurement (with a focus on mass/weight).
Children will continue reading regularly in school. Your child has been given an allocated reading day where they will read 1:1 with a member of the Year 1 team and choose new books for the week. Phonics will continue to take place every day in Year 1.
Homework will be given out on a Wednesday, to be brought back in the following Tuesday please.
PE will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. In RE, the children will be learning about why Jesus is special.
As Year 1 will planning and writing their own ‘Explorer’ story, we would like to show you their learning journey that has built up to their story writing. The children will also be reading their story to you. This will be a great opportunity to see the progression they have made across English as a whole.
Autumn Term 2018
What a great start to this term we’ve had! The children have been very excited and enthusiastic about our new topic ‘Robots’ and have even taken to walking and talking like robots! The topic has a largely scientific theme which incorporates many cross curricular links. After half term, we will be creating our own robot screens to showcase in our Robot Workshop. Additionally, we will be beginning our ‘Family Album’ topic where the children will become historians. The children will be exploring the differences between the past and present, focusing on how family celebrations have changed over the years. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Holding joining us. Mrs Holding is, at present, training to be a teacher, thus will be bringing lots of new and exciting ideas to the children’s learning.